Denali West Interpretation Intern

Expected Dates
April 13, 2020 to September 27, 2020
Denali National Park
Position ID
Experience the adventure and beauty of Alaska’s vast wilderness through an internship with the Interpretation team at Denali National Park! You’ll join a team of dedicated rangers working with visitors on their “trip of a lifetime” to interior Alaska. During a typical internship you’ll hone public speaking and communication skills by providing orientation, informal interpretation, and safety information at the visitor centers (65%), delivering formal interpretive programs such as talks and guided walks, with the possibility of developing original programs (30%), and by completing an administrative or research project, based on your skills and interests (5%). This position’s duty station is at Toklat Road Camp, a work station and residential area located 50 miles inside the park.

Denali seeks an intern with strong skills or experience in the following areas:
· Ability to manage and complete a list of detailed tasks each day
· Confidence and experience with public speaking
· Willingness to research park natural and cultural history to become an authoritative source of information for visitors
· Comfortable hiking in remote wilderness and in inclement weather (uniform outerwear provided by the park)
· A driver’s license and safe driving record
· Guiding and/or group management experience
· Basic First Aid (or higher) and CPR certifications
· Naturalist/Environmental Education experience
· Basic computer skills (Microsoft Windows 10/Office, iOS apps and iPads, etc.)
       - Proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite is not required, but could be utilized in this internship
· A desire to work independently and learn new skills
Interns work a 22-24 week summer season (mid April to late September) with a 40-hour per week schedule.

Although the start date is mandatory to participate in staff training, the end date is negotiable based on intern’s interest and availability. Housing is provided in the park. The intern will typically have a private room in a two bedroom duplex cabin. There is a shared bathhouse and recreation facility that includes laundry and other amenities. Internet service is available on a limited basis; there is no cell service at this duty station or housing area.

The intern will live in transient housing for three weeks of training and pre-season work, then move to Toklat duty station for the remainder of the season.

Denali is remote. The Toklat duty station is located 50 miles within the park along a dirt road with restricted vehicle use. It offers excellent access to off-trail, wilderness hiking, but is fairly isolated. Interns may use the concessionaire bus service or carpooling to travel to the park entrance on days off (travel time is approximately three hours). Though there are many shops, restaurants and hotels at the entrance of the park, it is an additional two hour drive to get to a substantial town (Fairbanks) with grocery stores and amenities. It is a five hour drive to the state’s major airport hub in Anchorage.

Compensation amounts:
  • $1,300 - one time RT travel allowance
  • $250 - weekly living allowance
  • $140 - allowance for work related pants
  • AmeriCorps eligible ($2,907 education award - dependent on satisfactory completion of 900 hours of service)
  • Housing

*All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes

  • “West District” located 50 miles inside Denali National Park and Preserve.
  • At the internship start: classroom & hands-on training on interpretation skills and the natural/cultural history of
    Denali. Opportunities exist throughout the season for additional training, and working with or shadowing other park work teams.
  • Denali offers fantastic hiking and backpacking in trail-less wilderness. It also offers biking, rafting, pack rafting,
    birding, photography, among a number of other planned activities for the local employees.
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Education and Interpretation
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Social Sciences
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
Customer Service
competent with supervision
Community Engagement
some experience
Public Speaking
competent with supervision
Volunteer Coordination
some experience
Working with Children
some experience